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How Affirmations Impacted My Life in a Positive Way

I am confident. I am strong. I am capable. I am brave. I am self-loving. I am beautiful. I am intelligent. I am kind. I am worthy. I am faithful. I am smart. I am community…..and the list goes on. Today is Self Love Beauty’s second annual Affirmation Day and

Turning 30 During COVID-19: Lessons I learned

Yesterday I turned 30… yes in quarantine, something I will never forget. If you would have asked me a few months ago how I was suppose to spend my birthday it was a girls weekend in Grand Rapids where I would run the Gazelle Girls half-marathon to celebrate, then a

How to not practice ’emotional distance’ during a social distancing time

Hi everyone! It has been a minute since I have blogged and we all know I love blogging however the words just have been all over the map for me lately. Lately, they are coming to me after a run or 11:30pm at night when I need to go to

The books were stacked for me

I didn’t know I had to buy books. As a first-generation college student, I was unaware of higher education’s hidden necessities and fees. Without a safety net and with a slim wallet, I had to acquire the books I needed by scouring the library or buying one at a time

Trust in Joy.

My joy matters the most to me, that is what needs love, self-care, exercise, laughter and sleep. I am a people pleaser to a fault and more times than not it gets the best of me. For years, I have strived to make everyone happy, avoid conflict and do impose

Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

I was born and raised in an extremely small and rural community. Both of my parents were teachers. My mom is an elementary teacher at the only school in the school district and was my Kindergarten and First Grade teacher. My dad taught middle school and high school at my

Always be your true self

I grew up in a very small town with a large family, one full brother, three step brothers and three step sisters. The role in my family growing up being a male was to perform hard labor whenever told, hunt, fish, play rugged sports and most importantly date girls. My

‘It’s okay, love’

Some people will say men are tough, men are unshakable, they can get through anything. I was one of those people myself. When I was younger I never saw men cry, even at funerals, it was a rare sight. I was the opposite, I was so emotional that I thought

2019: A year of Growth for SLB

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall They say to reflect on your whole year…the good, the bad, the ugly, the pretty…so here it goes…. 2019 was a FULL year of growth of SLB and